Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

By Ruby Zhao | Updated Aug. 2, 2022

Full-day Guided Immersion of the Old Days

Explore the history of the old city of Istanbul by foot! In this walking tour, you will not only visit iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque, but you will also see Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman relics and taste authentic Turkish food.

Days

1

Price

US$209 p/p

Best For

First-timers

Best Time

Mar. to Nov.

Tour Highlights

Find the oldest remaining column in the Hippodrome
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Find the oldest remaining column in the Hippodrome
Appreciate the exquisite domes of the Blue Mosque
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Appreciate the exquisite domes of the Blue Mosque
Discover the many roles of Hagia Sophia from past to present
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Discover the many roles of Hagia Sophia from past to present
Participate in the important Buddhist ritual — almsgiving.
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Marvel at Topkapi Palace's treasure and jewels
Getaway to the beautiful beaches in the romantic Phuket Island.
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Getaway to the beautiful beaches in the romantic Phuket Island.
 
 
 

Itinerary Details

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Day 1
Istanbul Old City

Meals provided: lunch

Welcome to Istanbul, the end of the ancient Silk Road, and the only city that spans both the continents of Asia and Europe! In this amazing tour, you will explore the highlights of the old city. Let's go!

Meet your private tour guide at the hotel in the morning. First go to Sultanahmet Square and see the Hippodrome, a great place to begin understanding Istanbul. The Hippodrome was built by the Romans in about 200 AD and was originally used for chariot racing and other public events. Try to find the oldest remaining column — the Egyptian Obelisk — and guess how old it is!

Then visit the Blue Mosque. It is probably Istanbul's most famous landmark, and it is also the only mosque in the world with six minarets! Marvel at its domes, 250 windows, and 20,000 amazing Iznik blue tiles.

Next is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture — the Hagia Sophia Museum. It was the largest cathedral for 1000 years until the Seville Cathedral was built. When you enter Hagia Sophia, the vastness of the 32 meter (105 foot) dome towering 56 meters (184 feet) overhead is astounding, especially given that the building was constructed 1500 years ago!

We will stop for lunch at a nice local restaurant before walking to Topkapi Palace.

Topkapi Palace was expanded by successive sultans, and remained the sultan's residence during the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. With opulent rooms, fine art collections, and peaceful courtyards, it is one of the highlights of the city. The Treasury has exquisite jewels, many of which are embedded in daggers, golden thrones encrusted with precious stones, and the 86-carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, the fifth largest in the world, which once adorned the turban of Mehmet IV.

Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered bazaars in the world, with over three thousand shops. Soak up the bazaar experience and enjoy the hospitality of passionate hawkers.

The tour ends at the Great Bazaar — you can stay there longer, or make your own way back to your hotel.

Optional trip to enrich your tour

Bosphorus Night Cruise with Dinner: Enjoy sightseeing at night from Bosphorus Bay. A delicious Turkish meal will be served for dinner on the cruise.

Price Includes

Price from: $209 (Tour code: gh-tk-4)

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

1. Meet your personal guide at the hotel

Your personal tour guide will meet you at any hotel in central areas in the following neighborhoods: Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray, and Taksim area. Pickup from anywhere outside these areas may incur extra charges. Speak to our team if you have any questions.

2. Transportation

This is a walking tour, so there is no private transportation. If you like, your private guide will assist you in taking public transportation (at your own expense).

3. Attraction Notes

Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday.

Blue Mosque is closed on Friday.

Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.

Grand Bazzar is closed on Sunday.

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